Avondale College's chess team has won the western zone competion. The team of Xin Yang Liu, Rohit Mudaliar, Aanand Madhav and Justin Yang competed in the West Auckland Chess Competition held at Kelston Boys High School in August. The boys played against teams from Kelston Boys, Massey, Liston and AIC. They didn't go in overly confidently, but despite the tough competition, the boys went on to win and are through to Nationals in Tauranga in September. Rohit Mudaliar, who was playing on board two, won all his matches and, for the second year in a row, was crowned top of board two.